Category Archives: Live Reviews

Ryan Adams – London Palladium Review

I knew that seeing Ryan Adams live at the gorgeous London Palladium is going to be a very special moment. Ryan’s music has been there through the years for those with broken hearts, rejected by love or simply the ones in love. And hundreds of those people came to experience all the beautiful and heartfelt emotions live last night.

London Palladium is a place where you can enjoy every little sound very clearly so it was a perfect place to enjoy Ryan’s music and voice to the full.

The place was filling up really quick with people of all different kinds of age, friends, couples or the ones who came on their own, myself included.

They all had their own reasons for being there, all ready for Mr Adams to appear on stage as two of his beautiful guitars were waiting for him.

As he came on the stage with the audience cheering loudly with excitement, he sat down, took his guitar and started playing Oh My Sweet Carolina. My eyes started to water as I was sitting there in the audience with my ears glued to the sound and listening to one of the most beautiful live  voices I’ve ever heard. Clearly others in the audience got quite emotional, wiping off their tears or couples putting their arms around each other.

Ryan was incredible while singing and playing both of his guitars, harmonica or a piano through the night. He played a set of amazing tracks. To name a few, we heard If I am Stranger, Everybody Knows, Why Do They Leave, The Rescue Blues, Lucky, English Girls Approximately or Come Pick Me Up.

He made the audience laugh between each song with his witty humor. As he performed a set of slow tracks he joked ‘I’m trying to get through the fast ones so I can get to the ballads’ or something like ‘Thank you Wizard of Oz for not happening tonight and sorry to its fans who came and are fucking confused now. By the way, Dorothy dies in the end. Alone.’

Highlight of the night was Ryan playing a song on the piano called Mr Cat. Absolutely lovely, brilliant and funny song dedicated to his cat.

I was laughing so hard as Ryan was describing his relationship with Mr Cat and his love for him. Him going ‘purrrrrr, purrrrrr, purrrrrr’ was something I’d never expect to hear during the set but on the other hand we all know how much Ryan loves those animals.

And that’s another reason to love Ryan Adams. He’s down to earth, funny, humble, and most of all one of the best and real musicians this world has.

It’s hard to put down all the feelings from the night.  I feel really lucky to have seen one of my all time favourite artists playing live and experience the wonderful music and emotions for real. Unforgettable.

Tribes – Brighton Gig Review

Tribes’ first headline gig of the Baby tour kicked off in Brighton, Concorde 2 on Saturday 21st April. The album was the first music purchase I’ve made this year (you can read my Tribes feature here) and after playing it to death I was glad to get tickets to see the brilliant collection of tracks live.

After getting to the venue, the crowd was already enjoying the first support band from London called The Brute Chorus. I am really glad I got to catch most of their show because these guys are pretty damn special. Mixing folk, blues and rock, the charismatic presence and rare energy of the band on stage was a pleasure to watch. Lead singer James moving his body to the music was another great stand out factor. Discovering this band was definitely one of the highlights of the night. You can follow the news and music over at their Facebook Page.

Sharks followed. I was really looking forward to seeing them after their outstanding debut album release No Gods (read my review here). The guys surely proved that they are as good, if not better live. They got the now full venue into rock’n’roll mood in no time. Playing some of their best songs from the new album including ‘Til The Wonders Rise, Arcane Effigies and Patient Spider as well as some of the older tracks, Sweet Harness and It All Relates got us all Sharks fans rocking to the sound. Want to see them live again for sure. Sharks are going to be huge. Just sayin’.

Must say that Tribes have chosen their support acts extremely well!

When Tribes appeared on stage, the crowd went crazy. A damn good crazy as the opening guitar intro of Whenever made everyone jump to the ceiling and the heat was rising. The band was clearly amazed by seeing the sold out venue fully digging and enjoying their sound. As the lead singer Johnny said, they were a bit nervous before the gig as this was their first headline show and they never had such a big audience. Well guys, I am pretty much sure it’s going to get only bigger from now on.

The band was incredible live and Johnny’s voice was spot on.

It was an unforgettable rock’n’roll party during songs like Sappho, Corner of an English Field, When My Day Comes and the famous We Were Children and a little less mad but equally powerful with Himalaya, Halfway Home, Nightdriving or Coming of Age.

After what should have been their last song, the crowd simply would not have it and demanded more. The guys  were back on stage shortly with the now final track Bad Apple.

Tribes have already called the Brighton crowd one of the best they’ve ever had and continue their mostly sold out tour around the UK. The ones waiting to see them, be ready. It’s going to get wild.

Check out some pictures from the night.

fiN Single Launch Review – Bush Hall

Yes, I am a huge fan of fiN and I am bloody proud of it.

We all knew that their single launch for Twenty Three/Eve at the Bush Hall (Wednesday 18th April) was going to be unmissable as the guys had some great surprises in store. They were really good with not spilling the beans on what was coming, but with announcing their support acts Whales in Cubicles and The Jessie Rose Trip; this show was already set to be their biggest yet.

Releasing a new saucy video for their track Eve (watch below)  just a couple of days before the show got us all even more excited!

The beautiful Bush Hall was packed with people closest to the band and their dedicated fans. Some travelled from various places and some even flew over from abroad. It’s all worth for their fantastic music, their extremely hard work they put into it and their friendly and humble approach and appreciation to their fans.

I loved their last launch party at the Borderline but I must say that this show at Bush Hall was the one with a real WOW factor.

The first support act The Jessie Rose Trip from Manchester opened the show with some fresh soul-rock tunes and incredible vocal from the beautiful lead singer Jessie Rose. They surely got the audience chanting and clapping in no time. Check out their Facebook Page and watch this space!

The next support act were one of my other favourite up-coming bands Whales in Cubicles. Knowing they were going to perform at the fiN’s single launch party was another reason to be there.

They simply took over the stage with their rock’n’roll power and showed the audience some proper, loud and exciting sound. They did a great set of songs including their top tracks We Never Win and Across America and they definitely warmed up the audience for fiN! If you haven’t heard them yet, go and also check their music out on Facebook.

Oh boy, fiN were not kidding when they said they had something big in store for us.

When they appeared on stage surrounded by cool laser lights, the energy in the room went up by 100 degrees. And you could see that the guys were ready to give us a show we were not going to forget.

Singer Luke was showing off some great dance moves and took over the whole stage together with Jonny’s and Kerry’s guitar rocking while Simon was killing the drums. The atmosphere was electrifying. Especially with tracks like Twenty Three, Rapture and Changes Everything.

All of their videos were showing in the background and as with their promise of some nudity, they screened an ‘uncensored’ version of Eve, which probably made all the boys in the room really happy. 😉

They even did the famous cover of Once In a Lifetime by ‘Talking Heads’ and presented a great rare video for Everybody Dies Alone.

All of their tracks are so damn great and catchy. Their music has a special energy and vibe that you just can’t help but love.

After this show, I have no doubt that fiN is going to be headlining huge venues in no time. And the fiN fans will be there.

In fact, go and check out the amazing fiN faN forum and join!

Trust me, it’s great to be a fiN fan!

Check out all the pictures from the show here => fiN Twenty Three/Eve Single Launch Photos 

fiN LinksFacebook, Twitter

Justin Furstenfeld/Blue October – Dingwalls, London Review

8th March 2012 – An Acoustic Performance by Justin Furstenfeld/Blue October at Dingwalls, London

When you love a musician/band whose music and words save your days and it’s there for you whenever you feel happy, sad, angry or hopeless, you always wish you’d have a chance to see them live one day.

And Blue October‘s music has been there for me in many situations. It’s been one of my greatest wishes to see this band live but I was never lucky before, until I found out  they were going to do an acoustic tour over here in UK. I got tickets and realized that some dreams do come true.

I was going to see one of my music heroes Justin Furstenfeld live. Man, whose honesty and emotions touched me and helped me to express and let out many feelings through his music.

I had to pinch myself a few times to realize that the day has come. I was on my way to see Justin’s acoustic performance at Dingwalls in London.

There was a long queue outside the venue when we got there. It was great to be among other passionate fans of this amazing band.

The venue was nice, small and intimate. We got near the front and I was really excited at this point and I still could not believe I was there.

The first support act was an English musician called Dan Shears who played a few folk tracks and  sang really beautifully. He made the audience laugh with his funny liners between the songs. Check him out on Facebook!

The second support act was an American singer/songwriter Tori Vasquez who’s been supporting Blue October’s Justin and Ryan through the acoustic tour here in UK. She blew us away with her stunning voice and great songs. This girls is so talented. We got her EP later on and she signed it for us and told us how much she loved playing over here. Check out Tori’s music on her Facebook page!

During one of Tori’s songs called Let it go, Justin surprisingly appeared on stage and sang the song with her. That was a very special and amazing moment. The audience went kinda crazy!

As we all waited impatiently for Justin to finally come on stage and perform, the moment has come and he appeared,  joined by Ryan who plays the violin and piano in the band. I was really happy to see Ryan as I always admired his killer violin skills which bring the originality to Blue October’s music.

Starting with very powerful performance of Come In Closer, I stood there speechless and overwhelmed. As I looked around, I saw people with tears in their eyes. We could feel every single emotion coming from Justin’s performance. It was so real. Incredible.

During Into The Ocean, the whole audience joined in by singing the famous lyrics: I want to swim away but don’t know how, sometimes it feels just like I’m falling in the ocean…

One of the songs I hoped to hear that night was one of my personal favorites, Hate Me. This song means a lot to me and being able to see Justin playing and singing an acoustic version of it was much more than I imagined. I sang and felt every word. One of the greatest wow moments I’ve experienced.

Let it go, The 21st or Graceful Dancing… you could just break down by the beautifulness and emotion of it all.  Especially when Justin started to talk about his daughter, how much he misses her while he’s away and that  he loves and needs to sing about her to us when he’s not with her.

That’s when the most emotional moment came as he sang The Feel Again (Stay) with tears falling down his face. It was really heartbreaking to watch, but also so beautiful to see how much he loves his little baby girl Blue.

There was some laugh involved too as Justin told us a story about how he and Ryan started to play music together or simply just making jokes with the audience.

My other favorite performance of the night was The Worry List; while singing  ‘Take me off your worry list, it’ll be better that way and I’m doin’ fine and I’ve got plenty of friends around…’ Justin kept shouting ‘thank you!’ to the audience.

Finishing with another gorgeous song about his daughter, Blue Does, Justin left the stage and Ryan did us a treat by playing a stunning violin piece at the end.

Justin surprised the audience by coming out and shaking some peoples hands before going backstage for good.

I still think about this night and feel extremely grateful for being able to be there. I don’t know if I ever see this band live again, I really hope so, but even if I didn’t, the memory and feeling I took from this night is something nobody will take away from me. Ever.

Here is couple of videos taken on the night by red12381

Blue October’s linksWebsite, Facebook, Twitter

Whales in Cubicles – Brighton Gig Review

Green Door Store, Brighton 18/2/12

When I found out that Whales in Cubicles were going to play at the Green Door Store, I simply had to be there. Since I have heard their amazing track We Never Win, I have fallen for their sound and meaningful lyrics.

Luckily I have managed to book the night off so I was really exited to go and see them play live. Unfortunately my friend who was supposed to come with me got sick so I had to make a decision, if to go alone or just stay at home and sulk. The weather was kind of crap as well but I just said to myself: ‘What the hell, let’s just go, have a good time and support the guys.’ It was their first time playing in Brighton and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity as I am a big fan!

After getting to Brighton by bus as I live outside the city, I made my way to Green Door Store. I got there around half past seven and there was nobody in except the bar people and the bands that were sound checking in the back room. I got myself a drink and sat down at a table. Soon I spotted the WIC guys and got really exited!

As the first band came on, I went to check them out with the rest of the people.

The Witches – a band from Brighton, that I will definitely write more about in the future, totally delivered. What an entrance, I thought. I loved every minute of it and I will surely go and see them play again. This is why I love going to small gigs because you always get to discover great new bands like this. And if the band is good live like  The Witches were, then it’s a win.

Here is one of their tracks!

During the first break I saw the WIC guys Leo (drums) and Alex (guitar) standing at the bar so I came to them and introduced myself. They were really nice, friendly and appreciative of me making the effort to come and see them play. Any time guys! 😉

Then Stef (vocals, giutar) came along and I was really happy to meet him as I am a big fan of his lyric writing. He was very kind and gave me some stickers and a little badge that says ‘We Never Win’ which I adore!

You don’t always get a chance to chat to the band members at gigs so I was happy I did get to meet WIC. I have mentioned to them that I am going to make a review on my blog.  Not that I wanted to put them under any kind of pressure! 😀

I spoke to Stef about music and one thing I really wanted to know was who his musical influences are.  I was pleasantly surprised when he said that he’s a big fan of Jeff Buckley, my all time favourite artist. WIC’s music inspires me in a similar way because of the honesty and realness of the songs. 

Stef writes lyrics to all their songs and they are one of the reasons I fell in love with their music. His words make you think and realize what really matters in life, what’s todays generation of young people like, politics, love, life and death…

Even the Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe praised their single We Never Win in Timeout, saying how great this band is and how right their lyrics are. It’s good that he gets the message these guys are trying to send and tries to spread the word.

‘We never win because we’re fine with it… We never do the things we should have done… We never learn, we never change, we just repeat the same mistakes again, which we’ve never done finished paying for…

Here is a nice acoustic version of the song.

I surely wasn’t regretting coming to see these guys play live because they delivered 100 percent. They’ve played few songs including my favorites Across America, We Never Win and Nowhere Flag. Stef sang amazing live, Leo played the drums to death and Alex and Jamie rocked the guitars. The connection between them was great and they absolutely smashed it on stage. It was such a cool experience to see them play from such a close distance and get the real feel of it. Pure rock’n’roll!

They wanted to play one more song at the end but they got cut off as the main band was running late so they didn’t let them. Jeez, it was just one more song people! Would love to hear it!

As they were taking their stuff off the stage, I was waiting to say goodbye as I had to head back home. I had a nice last little chat with Stef and soon the lovely Leo brought a couple of their We Never Win vinyls I wanted to get for me and one of my friends.

They kindly signed them both, then I got to take a photo with them all and at last I gave them well deserved hug for being so great. I’m so glad I got to meet this amazing bunch of guys and got to enjoy their amazing music. I hope to see them rocking the stage again soon! 🙂

Here are some photos I took:

WIC links: Website, Facebook, Twitter

Unfortunately Stef’s amazing guitar got stolen that night and they are trying to get it back so please if you are from Brighton and you spot this guitar anywhere let them know on their Facebook Page or Twitter!